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Selecting Scrum Masters and Stakeholders

December 29, 2017
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Selecting Scrum Masters and Stakeholders

For any project to be successful it is important to select appropriate Scrum Master(s) and identify relevant Stakeholders. In some projects, there may have been pre-conditions stipulating certain team members and their roles. When there is flexibility in choosing the Scrum Masters, the following are important Selection Criteria: Problem-solving skills—This is one of the key…

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Defining Scrum of Scrums

December 22, 2017
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Defining Scrum of Scrums

Understanding what Scrum of Scrums is and how it works in the product development process is very important. The first thing to know about Scrum of Scrums is that it acquires relevance only for large projects where several Scrum Teams are involved. In this process Scrum Team representatives convene for Scrum of Scrums Meetings at…

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Scrum Project Management: Where Does a Project Manager Fit In?

December 17, 2017
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Scrum Project Management: Where Does a Project Manager Fit In?

As companies progressively adopt Scrum as the preferred project management method over traditional waterfall method, the subject of ‘role-mapping’ becomes more critical. Perhaps, one of the biggest challenges that organizations face when they move to Scrum is where does a Project Manager fit in Scrum? We are so used to the role of a Project…

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Handling Change Requests at Portfolio and Program Level

December 12, 2017
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Handling Change Requests at Portfolio and Program Level

Any change that arises in either the programs or portfolios may have a cascading effect on all dependent projects and Sprints. Therefore, it is advisable to minimize changes at these higher levels. If a change is required and all stakeholders are in agreement to make the change at these levels, the following should be kept…

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Agile Feasibility – Feasibility Phase Requirements and Investigation

December 7, 2017
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Agile Feasibility – Feasibility Phase Requirements and Investigation

Familiarizing the feasibility team with known requirements: While working on an agile project, especially one with volatile requirements or one that has a strict deadline, you won’t have deep requirements when you begin the Feasibility phase. A request or idea has been approved for a feasibility investigation, and no one has documented detailed requirements to…

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Scrum Team Organization

December 4, 2017
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Scrum Team Organization

Scrum teams often referred to as development teams, responsible for the development of products and services, consist of a group of individuals who work on the customer requirements to create deliverables for the project. It is important for the team to possess all the essential skills to carry out the work in the project. The…

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Misconceptions about the Scrum Framework

November 21, 2017
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Misconceptions about the Scrum Framework

“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.” This is how the Agile Manifesto starts. In simple words, the way people have learnt better ways of implementing Agile is by doing it and trying out things. As such practitioners have tried out multiple things and some of…

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When Co-location is not an Option

November 21, 2017
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When Co-location is not an Option

One of the Agile principles is, “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.” This is taken by most practitioners as the rationale for collocated teams. There have been several debates around the possibility of teams which are distributed and how that would work in…

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Measuring Performance in a Self-Organized Team

November 1, 2017
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Measuring Performance in a Self-Organized Team

Scrum supports the doctrine of cross-functional, self-managed teams in which individuals help each other in completing the tasks to deliver value. The Scrum Book of knowledge says that employees “deliver much greater value when self-organized.” Self-Organization leads to the team members taking ownership, being entrepreneurial, contributing the best that they genuinely can. So Scrum proscribes appraisal methods…

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Scrum: Avoiding Pitfalls in Delivering Projects Successfully using Scrum

October 24, 2017
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Scrum: Avoiding Pitfalls in Delivering Projects Successfully using Scrum

Every project is uncertain. To deliver projects successfully using Scrum, one needs to avoid the pitfalls in implementation of the Scrum framework. One of the more important ceremonies in Scrum is “Sprint Planning Meeting”. Not giving due importance to this ceremony can be detrimental not just to the concerned Sprint but also to the entire…

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